Sunday, April 19, 2015

An illustration from CHALLENGER DEEP

Neal Shusterman's EDISON'S ALLEY reviewed in VOYA

“In this second installment of The Accelerati Trilogy,” says VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) in their April 2015 review of EDISON'S ALLEY (Disney/Hyperion), by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman, “Nick and his friends are on a mission to recover the Teslanoid objects that were housed in his attic, and then sold during a garage sale. Nick has finally discovered why the objects were created. Tesla designed the pieces to be used together to generate "free energy," a new technology that could solve all of the world's resource problems. Unfortunately, the Accelerati, a secret society of physicists, are right on the heels of Nick and the objects. They want that power no matter the cost. Nick has no intention of turning the objects over to the Accelerati, but those who are working with him have other ideas. Shusterman and Elfman have crafted a solid second offering in their Accelerati trilogy. By pairing the realistic with the fantastic, they allow readers to find similarities between themselves and Nick and his crew. Nick has dealt with moving, switching schools, mourning the loss of his mother, and navigating his feelings about two different girls. That is a lot for one teen to handle, especially when the fate of the planet also rests in his hands. This novel is highly entertaining, and those who enjoyed Tesla's Attic (Hyperion, 2014) will not be disappointed in the continuation of the story.”

Neal Shusterman is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences. For details and to book him for your own conference, just contact Balkin Buddies by phone or via the Balkin Buddies website.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Eloise Greenfield speaks at the African American Children's Book Fair at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore on 5/9/2015

At the third annual African American Children's Book Fair at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Eloise Greenfield will give a talk and readings from HONEY, I LOVE AND OTHER LOVE POEMS (HarperCollins); THE GREAT MIGRATION: JOURNEY TO THE NORTH (HarperCollins); and CHILDREN OF LONG AGO by Lessie Jones Little (Ms. Greenfield's mother) with an introduction by Eloise Greenfield (Lee & Low).

The Book Fair will take place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm and the museum is located at 830 East Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland. This program, presented in partnership with Baltimore City Schools and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, offers children the chance to experience the diversity of their world through children's books. Books will be given away free while supplies last and museum admission will also be free for all ages. Just RSVP online.

Live performances will be featured as well as interactive story activities, a toddlers' activity area and appearances by a number of children's book authors and artists. We hope you can join the festivities. Further information can be found on the museum's website. And for more information on Eloise Greenfield, visit the Balkin Buddies website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mark Greenwood’s and Frané Lessac's MIDNIGHT: A TRUE STORY OF LOYALTY IN WORLD WAR I is a CBC Notable Book of the Year (Australia)

We were pleased to learn that MIDNIGHT: A TRUE STORY OF LOYALTY IN WORLD WAR (Candlewick), by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frané Lessac, is among the Children's Book Council of Australia sponsored 2015 Eve Pownall Notable Information Books of the Year.

Please join us in congratulating Mark and Frané, who currently happen to be in the U.S. for the SoMIRAC (State of Maryland International Reading Council) Conference on April 16-17, 2015.

For information on booking one or both of them for school visits in the U.S., just contact Balkin Buddies.

Booklist's review of Darcy Pattison's LONGING FOR NORMAL

Darcy Pattison takes on a tough subject in LONGING FOR NORMAL. Here's the Booklist review:

Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, and founder of Mims House publisher, Darcy Pattison also enjoys doing school visits. For information, contact BalkinBuddies by phone or through our website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rebecca Behrens creates and shares a new WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE Mother-Daughter Book Club Discussion Guide

Hey, you moms out there with middle grade daughters, you won't want to miss Rebecca Behrens' book club discussion guide for WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE, which was put together by the author and her publisher, Sourcebooks. Inspired by her own book discussions with her mother, Rebecca's questions are engaging and thought-provoking.

We hope you enjoy both the book, which provides a rare glimpse into life as a kid living in the White House, and discussing the mother-daughter relationships in it with your own daughter. Feel free to share the questions you come up with yourselves and we'll post them on the Balkin Buddies blog.

And if you'd like Rebecca to come do a speaking engagement, just contact Balkin Buddies by phone or email for details.